16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19 For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.
22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. 23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption to sonship, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? 25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.
26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.
28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
To understand how love hopes and endures through suffering.
What does it take for Christians to become agents of God’s love to the world? It requires that they be transformed by his love themselves, in order to reflect it to others. In this sermon series, we are studying the nature of love as expressed by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 13. Last week, we began looking at various biblical passages that amplify the different aspects of love that Paul described. We take what Paul said love is, and consider what love does. 1 Corinthians 13:4 says “Love is patient” and in verse 7, it “hopes” and “endures all things.” This study will show how Christianity provides the hope and assurance necessary to endure with patience in a world of suffering.
• Consider what it means that God has forgiven you. Why did you need forgiveness at all? Consider what it means to be a child and heir of God. Offer prayers of thanks. • Ask God to help you prioritize prayer: to better realize your need for it and to make time regularly to meet with him in healing solitude. • Pray for someone you know who is suffering without the resources of Christian hope. Pray for him or her to seek God in this suffering and come to know him as their loving Father.